Last year, the federal government awarded over $566 Billion in grants to hundreds of thousands of recipients, including non-profit, educational, and government organizations. These grants fund projects ranging from Agriculture to Transportation. Many organizations and businesses rely on these grants to operate and provide much needed services to their community and customers.
Contrary to popular misconceptions and television infomercials, the federal government does not just give out money to anyone. Typically, individuals are ineligible for federal grants for personal financial assistance or debt, as are new businesses trying to cover start-up costs.
In order to qualify for grants, applicants must fall into one of the following categories:
- State Governments
- Local Governments
- City or Township Governments
- Special District Governments
- Native American Tribal Governments (federally recognized)
- Native American Tribal Governments (other than federally recognized)
- Independent School Districts
- Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
- Private Institutions of Higher Education
Public Housing Organizations
- Public Housing Authorities
- Indian Housing Authorities
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
For-Profit Organizations (other than small businesses)
To get started applying for grants, you will need to register with Grants.gov. Before you can register with Grants.gov however, you will need to obtain a DUNS Number and register with the System for Award Management. After completing these steps, applicants may create a Grants.gov login and verify their email address. From this point, the applicant may search for grant opportunities and download the application package for opportunities they wish to apply for.